Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

A few shots of the Tarptent Scarp 1 on the Laugavegur Trek in Iceland, July 2013. These are iPhone photos — the Nikon DSLR didn’t get to go on this trip…

Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

I took the Tarptent Scarp 1 on the Laugavegur Trek in Iceland. Aside from a shakedown in my backyard in Pennsylvania and a night at the Reykjavik campground, the trek was the tent’s first outing. It performed extremely well.

 

Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

The dual side vestibules gave me a ton of extra space. I used the far side for wet, muddy gear, and the entrance side for boots and temporary storage. You can use either side as a door. (And yes, that sagging panel should be tighter.)

Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

I brought a set of crossing poles for support in high winds, but never used them. The arch sleeve pullouts, seen here, provide extra stability. The crossing poles would add even more strength in very strong winds.

Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

A closer view of the arch sleeve pullouts.

Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

The roof vents helped avoid condensation while keeping out the constant mist and rain.


Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

Built-in poles at each of the four corners create extra space in the head and foot-box areas of the tent. They’re strung for easy tightening to keep the Scarp 1 taught.


Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

The head of the bed — the pack made a good pillow.



Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

The foot of the bed, with sleeping bag balled up. I sealed the tent’s seams with silicone before I left and only had one tiny leak, right at the top center. Probably because I missed a spot with the silicone. I wrapped a bandanna to the top-center hook where the drip came through, and that stopped the problem because the cloth absorbed all the moisture.

Tarptent Scarp 1

Guidebook? I bought a map and the Ferðafélag Íslands booklet in Reykjavik. Rented a GPS and cooking equipment in Reykjavik, too.

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